Yesterday, Saturday, I attended GLX Snocross' Chicago Communications Shootout. While the on-track activity was hot, the weather posed a problem for the photographers. Bruce Palla , Austin Calderone and myself fought the falling snow for around half the event. During the second half the wind died down completely. This sounds like a good thing, however with the sleds running on the track, the snow just hung in the air like a fog. The shooting conditions were tough all day. With my gloves on, I accidentally hit my lens release button on the 70-200 lensed camera. The camera went flying into the snow. Fortunately, it hit LCD screen down and only a couple of small snowflakes hit the mirror. I was able to get it dry with no damage. Bruce caught his plastic bag camera cover on his lens which temporarily locked up his auto-focus. As I said, it was a tough photography day! On the track, however, the action was hot and heavy. On at least five occasions, there were incidents and riders were dislodged from their sleds. Fortunately there were no significant injuries. In the Pro Lite #1 final, two riders crashed going for the green, leaving only three competitive sleds. Tyler Adams won the final by over two seconds. Congratulations to all the heat and finals winners. Next Saturday, GLX Snocross will be in Plymouth, Wisconsin, home of the Great Northern Series for Round two of the Great Northern Showdown Shootout. Unfortunately, due to my still healing knee, I will not be able to travel to Plymouth. Good luck to the Great Lakes Series next week.
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